As reported by WGRZ-TV Albany, the notoriously corrupt New York state legislature is considering a bill which would require bowling alleys to post signs warning patrons to not wear bowling shoes outside, "lest they become wet and increase the likelihood that a bowler could slip and fall when they come inside."
The bill has been sponsored in the Senate by Patrick Gallivan (R-59th District) and in the Assembly by Robin Schimminger (D-140th District), with the goal of mitigating the liability of bowling alley owners and helping them lower their insurance costs. Included in the proposed law is the prevention of lawsuits against bowling alley proprietors if their customers ignore the warning signs and injure themselves by falling on slick bowling alley surfaces while wearing bowling shoes that are specifically designed to be slippery.
This law was deemed necessary after an increase in lawsuits "in the decade since the state made smoking in bowling alleys illegal, tempting many bowlers who smoke, to sneak out for a few puffs between frames, perhaps when it's raining or snowing….who then come in, slip, and then sue."
While a new nanny state initiative creeps its way into law as a direct result of an earlier one, please check out "Smoking Bans Are No Match For New Yorkers," Reason TV's documentary on smokers finding ways to work around government attempts at social engineering: